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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Metro is good but I have a car so I'm a free bird

2 College Freshman

Transportation: The campus shuttle rarely runs.... you can barely see it at times.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: the main transportation is Metro Train that takes us into the city but it can get expensive but it is worth it.

3 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Great to have the shuttles, but once I had a broken leg and was nervous getting home quickly at night and they would refuse to pick me up because there was no actual immediate threat.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I commute by metro, it's pretty good

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It's Washington, D.C., so transportation is not a problem. The Metro is awesome—it's a simpler, cleaner New York City subway. It allows students to explore the city frontways, sideways, and every which way they desire because there are so many Metro stops spread throughout the city. Students can survive without the pangs of having a car, looking for gas, and finding parking within the city. The only problem is that it is not open 24 hours like other big cities with underground transportation, but other than that, it is ideal for college students who can take the Metro to work, shops, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and much more.

For long-range travel, there are three nearby airports, so students have the luxury of picking between many airlines. There are plenty of bus and train services for students who prefer the scenic route. For basic transportation, taxicabs are moderately priced when students are out and about late at night. But overall, the best part about D.C. transportation is the Metro.

Facts & Statistics

Best Ways to Get Around Town
  • Metro
  • Taxis
  • Metro buses
Best Ways to Get to the Airport
  • Metro
  • The Super Shuttle to Dulles
  • Washington Flyer to Dulles

Safety Escort ServicesWhat's This?

Escort Services
(202) 319-5111
Evening and early morning hours when the buses aren't running

Campus ShuttleWhat's This?

Campus Bus

There is no fee, but students must show their Cardinal cards.

(202) 319-5111

(202) 319-5736 TTY/TDD

Daily 5 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

Public TransitWhat's This?

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro)

The Brookland-CUA (red line) Metro stop is located right off campus.

(202) 962-1234 (General)

(202) 637-1328 (Customer Service)

(202) 637-7000 (Customer Info)

600 5th St. NW

Nearest AirportWhat's This?

Reagan National (DCA)

This station is less than 5 miles from campus.

Thomas Ave. & Abingdon

(703) 417-8000

Dulles International (IAD)

This station is about 30 miles from campus

45020 Aviation Dr., Sterling, VA

(703) 572-2700

Baltimore/Washington International (BWI)

CUA visitors arriving at BWI on a weekday can take the Marc train to Washington's Union Station. From there, board Metro's Red Line in the direction of Glenmont, and take it to the Brookland/CUA Metro stop. Travel time is approximately 70 minutes.

Aviation Blvd. & Elm Rd.

(410) 859-7111

Nearest Passenger BusWhat's This?


This station is located in Union Station.

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE

(202) 289-5141

Nearest Passenger TrainWhat's This?


This station is in Union Station.

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE

(800) 872-7245

Student Polls

How convenient is the campus-provided transportation?    Based on 49 responses

  • 27% Easily accessible, runs frequently and has many pick-up locations.
  • 22% Somewhat accessible with a schedule that usually parallels class times.
  • 27% Moderately difficult to utilize, the pick-up times and locations are far and few between.
  • 12% Extremely difficult to utilize-it's not reliable nor is it convenient for a student's schedule.
  • 12% Nonexistent.

How necessary is it to have a car on campus?    Based on 49 responses

  • 0% Campus is isolated, so students rely mostly on cars to get them where they need to go.
  • 6% The shuttle/bus service often fails to meet student needs, so a car is very practical.
  • 47% Students usually walk or take the bus, but cars are nice for venturing outside the bus line.
  • 45% Cars are totally pointless. Everything you need is within walking distance.
  • 2% You can't have a car here.

Rate the cost of the following transit options    Based on 18 responses

  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of the following transit options    Based on 18 responses

Very convenient
  • Campus shuttle
  • Public transportation
  • Taxis
  • Zip cars

Rate the convenience of long-distance transportation to travel between home and school    Based on 17 responses

Very convenient
  • Airport
  • Passenger bus
  • Passenger train
  • Ride sharing

How easy is it to get around town?    Based on 48 responses

  • 69% Very easy.
  • 29% Fairly easy.
  • 2% Fairly difficult.
  • 0% Very difficult.
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